Aug 30, 2019

NGPF Podcast: Barbara O'Neill Discusses the Financial Education Landscape

On this NGPF podcast, Barbara O'Neill, a returning guest on the NGPF Podcast, describes the momentum to increase access to financial education in K-12 on the national level and also in the state of New Jersey. She shares her thoughts on best practices for implementing finance education that every legislator interested in the issue should listen to. Listen and be inspired by this incredible advocate! 


  • 0:00~1:12 Introduction
  • 1:12~3:58 Barbara’s background and work
  • 3:58~5:50 Personal finance education at the national level
  • 5:50~8:08 Hurdles to making personal finance classes a requirement
  • 8:08~13:05 Legislation in New Jersey
  • 13:05~13:30 A word from NGPF
  • 13:30~15:39 Teaching in middle school   
  • 15:39~18:08 Thoughts on online courses 
  • 18:08~22:09 Key points to consider when personal finance becomes a requirement
  • 22:09~25:10 Finding resources
  • 25:10~28:00 Future plans 
  • 28:00~29:06 Conclusion



  • “A lot of people don’t realize that there are so many resources out there and that it doesn’t have to come with a cost and that professional development doesn’t have to have a cost either.”

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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